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If the project is the lion, the checklist is the whip!

There’s a very simple tool out there that I think most of us take for granted. When in an experiment where highly educated and trained doctors began to use this tool the complication rate fell 35% and the death rates fell 47%. The researchers tested this tool in the field of surgery.

Even though the results of the study where obvious, there is still a resistance among hospitals and doctors to implement this tool into their daily practice. It comes down to the fact that we as human beings have a problem admitting that we are actually human.

This tool require us to base our values on : Humility, discipline & teamwork. Instead of what we’re taught : Sufficiency, independence & autonomy.

What is this tool? It’s a Checklist!

A yellow post-it note on the edge of your working space could actually save lives. More than that. If you have a checklist you will actually save yourself from getting fatigued from constantly taking micro decisions on what to do next throughout your day.

Aviation recognized that we needed checklists 75 years ago. And I would say that the image of pilots in general is not that they are stupid. So let’s put our pride aside and start using checklists.

You do it before going to pick up the groceries. Why not do the same in other areas of you life?

If you ask me, I’d rather have my doctor go through a really well prepared checklist when I’d get under the knife. I promise I wont hackle him for not keeping all the information in his head.

The research that I talk about above also indicates that even though the checklist takes a couple of minutes to cross off. It makes the over all process of the work much more time efficient.

  • Save time, check!

  • Save lives, check!

  • Save energy, check!

  • Become more productive, check!

  • Make myself a checklist tool… It’s on my checklist for this afternoon. It will be under the tools menu tomorrow!

A good checklist is above all, practical!

If you want to dive deeper into this topic then check out http://atulgawande.com/. He’s the man!

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